Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for four-laning of five sections of Shri Sant Dnyaneshawar Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965) and three sections of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965G) in Maharashtra today through video conferencing.

Addressing the event, PM Modi said, Bhagwan Vitthal has connected him with all other devotees. It is nothing less than divine enlightenment. He said a road is the gateway of development.

Sankaracharya has said that Pandharpur is a land of joy, he added.

In an effort to facilitate the movement of devotees to Pandharpur in Maharashtra, Dedicated walkways for ‘Palkhi’ will also be constructed on either side of these National Highways, providing hassle free and safe passage to devotees.

About 221 km of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi Marg from Diveghat to Mohol and about 130 Km of Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg from Patas to Tondale – Bondale, will be four-laned with dedicated walkways for ‘Palkhi’ on either side, at estimated costs of more than Rs. 6690 crore and about Rs. 4400 crore respectively.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation more than 223 kilometers of completed and upgraded road projects, constructed with an estimated cost of over one thousand 180 crore rupees at different National Highways for boosting connectivity to Pandharpur. These projects include Mhaswad – Piliv – Pandharpur (NH-548E), Kurduwadi – Pandharpur (NH- 965C), Pandharpur – Sangola (NH-965C), Tembhurni-Pandharpur section of (NH-561A), and Pandharpur – Mangalwedha – Umadi section of NH- 561A.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray were also present on the occasion.